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Volume 2 

Plainville, Mass., Sept. 1, 1921 

Number 16 

Saba, Dutch West Indies 

Few Americans have a correct idea 
of what the West Indies offer, or the 
truth about them. 

Popular idea in this country until 
quite recently was that the West In- 
dies are unbearably hot and that they 
are hotbeds of disease, with noxious 
insects and reptiles. All this is wrong. 
As to climate, the West Indies are 
never as hot as our cities in mid- 
summer. The temperature rarely 
rises above 85. Sunstroke and heat- 
prostration are unknown. Two of the 
islands, namely Porto Rico and Cuba 
lead the entire world in point of 

The diversity in the West Indies is 
their greatest charm. The people are 
as varied as the scenery and climate : 
French, Dutch, British, Danish, Span- 
ish, African. Each island reflects in a 
measure the characteristics of its 
mother country. 

Within eight days' sail from New 
York are some fifty islands, varying 
in size from Cuba, vast and continen- 
tal with ts length of 800 miles, to 15 
tiny islets a few acres in extent. 
Farther south than the true Virgiiis, 
lying midway between St. Croix and 
St. Kitls, are two islands well worthy 
of more than passing notice — St. Eus- 
1 at ins, and Saba, both possessions of 
Holland. Just a word about St. Eu- 
statius, commonly called "Statia". 
In the heart of every patriotic citizen 
of the United States the name of 
"Statia" ought to live forever, for 
'twas here in November, 1776, that 
the "Stars and Stripes" were first sa- 
luted by gun of a foreign power, 
the new flag bravely fluttering from 
the masthead of the "Andrew Doria" 
of Baltimore. Twenty miles from 
Statia lies the island of Saba, a mas- 
sive, volcanic cone, rising abruptly 
from the sea. No other spot in all the 
world is cpiite like Saba. Of all the 
islands it is the strangest and in many 
ways the most interesting. Rising 
from the sea, sheer, conical, forbid- 
ding, arc! frowning, its base in water 
thousands of feet deep, its topmost 
pinnacle veiled in drifting clouds 
about 3000 feet above the sea, its coast 
Cont'd on pasre 2, col. 3 

Mr. August Elsesser 

Returning Home 

Mr. Elsesser is leaving the Whiting 
Chain Company, where he has had 
charge the last nine years, to go back 
to Germany. Accompanying him are 
his wife and son, William, who grad- 
uated from Plainville High this year. 

Mr. Elsesser was born in Pforz- 
heim, Germany, attending the public 
rchools and gymnasium of his native 
city, after which he learned his trade 
by serving five years at chain making 
with Stockert & Co., one of the largest 
corcrrns of its kind and located, at 

In 1899 he was called by compul- 
sory military training to do his bit in 
the army for two years at Karlsruhe. 
Coming out of the army he met and 
married Miss Emma Hepp of Nein- 
stetten in 1903. 

In 1905, Mr. Elsesser took employ- 
ment with Lutz & Weiss, as foreman. 
They manufactured findings, such as 
chains, rings, swivels, etc. 

Until 1912 with this concern, he 
then severed connections and came to 
Plainville, at which time he took 
charge of the first twelve machines for 
the Whiting Chain Co. This was in 
July, 1912; not until 1913 was jew- 
elry put into the line. 


By Frank Brown 

The season of baseball is fast clos- 
ing, and we find that our team, in- 
stead of being a leader in the league 
race where we were all summer, is 
now within a stone's throw of the pen- 

It seems when we were "going 
strong" the boys felt they could not 
lose, but what a sad awakening to find 
they were "trimmed" by the Masons. 
In the first place we lost the services 
of Benoit and that caused the removal 
of Gleason from second and left us 
without a man to fill that position. We 
have not found a player yet to hold it 
down. Manchester, Mayshaw, Wilson 
and Jelly have been given a chance 
but failed to "come across". Our 
new man, Rankin, showed a little bet- 
ter form than the rest in hitting. 

We have given the baseball public 
a great deal of fun during the sum- 
mer. The greatest fault I could find 
with the team was that they would 
not get out and practice and get ac- 
quainted with each other's way of 
playing-. If they had, we would now 
be at the top. 

The game between Dominiek & Haff 
and ourselves was protested after a 
"trick" was successfully pulled off by 
Harry Burns. Umpire Smith called 
a balk on Cook (which was deserved) 
and that put across the winning run. 
D. & II. thought it wrong and protest- 
ed the game. 

Miss Avery is a very good saleswo- 
man. She takes orders for chowder 
and clam cakes, then when Friday 
morning comes, Mary fails to fill her 

Seeing that Elsie II. didn't make a 
hit at Hampton Beach, she thought 
she'd go to Moseley's. 

Mr. Elsesser and family are to sail 
on the steamer George Washington 
for Bremen on Oct. 3rd. His many 
shopmates and friends wish him bon 
voyage, and hope to get a word now 
and again from him. We are sure 
that he will always appreciate getting 
a letter from the U. S. A. 


Wadco News 

AUG. -Uth 

Puri.isuki) Sxm i -Monthly 

by Employees of Whiting & Davis Co. 

Plainville, Mass. 

Publication Committee 

J. O. (iairnon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee Ilisrsrins F. Gaddes 

O. So derstrom Mina Simp son 
Editor . H. B. Rowan 



Corn condition July 1st, 91.1 as 
against 84.6 voar ago. 

Yield estimated 3,123,000,000 bush- 
els: 5-year average 2,798,000,000 
bushels. September corn 60 3-8 cents, 
as against $1.37 5-8 year ago. 

Wheat condition 77.2 against 79.7 
year ago. 

Yield estimated 574,000,000 against 
572,000,000 years ago. September 
wheat $1,231-4 as against $2.77 year 

Production pig iron in June 1,064,- 
000 tons as against 3,043,540 tons 
year ago. 

Farmer organizations move for low- 
er freight rates following Henry 
Ford's application to decrease freight 
charges on his road 20 per cent. 

Twelve per cent, wage reductions 
on railroads estimated to reduce oper- 
ating expenses $365,000,000 per an- 

Estimated over 600,000 men laid off 
bv railroads between August, 1920, 
and March, 1921. 

Cotton quoted 12 1-6 cents a pound 
against 31 cents year ago. 

Copper is now quoted 12 cents a 

Bradstreet 's Commoditv index 
10.72 for July, against 20.86 Febru- 
ary, 1920. 


France and England are still in 
the throes of business depression, 
and whilst in England things look 
black indeed with a very small silver 
lining, in France on the other hand 
they seem to have some enthusiasm 
if even very little, for she is watch- 
ing Germany very closely. It is 
known that Germany is bending all 
efforts to regain her former position 
and that her unemployed amount to 
but 500,000 against 5,600,000 here in 
our country at present. 

Miss Martha Pierce of the Soldered 
Mesh Department was held up Wed- 
nesday noon on her way home from 
work, according to the accounts in the 
big daily papers, which gave the de- 
tails. The affair smacked of a movie 
scenario. It seems the two young men, 
who were described as well dressed 
and had an auto, were the highway- 
men and they relieved the young lady 
of the contents of her pocketbook, 
which contained her pay envelope. 
Two strange young men with an auto 
were seen in the center of Plainville 
when the factory let out. The after- 
math of the holdup was real thrilling, 
it being stated the young lady drove 
into a farm yard with hands and feet 
strapped and driving by holding the 
reins in her mouth. Miss Pierce has 
not as yet returned to her work in the 


Jack Brant is reputed to have a 
Knock Machine. 

Ed Herlin, Friday a. m., in turning 
Bacon street corner, developed a 
puncture, arriving in the parking 
space absolutely flat and no spare. 
Hard luck, Ed. 

Bill Brennan, driving an 80 H. P. 
Fordson, took a hydrant one day re- 
cently. This was the fault of the wat- 
er department. They should have 
moved it out of the way. 

Frank Gaddes broke a spring. It 
seems she gave way a la ZR2. 


"Who's the stranger, Mother dear, 
Look, he knows us ; ain 't he queer ! ' : 
"Hush, my own, don't talk so wild; 
He's your father, dearest child." 
"He's my father? No such thing! 
Father died away last spring." 
1 ' Father didn 't die, you chub ; 
Father joined the golfing club. 
But now they've closed the Club, 
So he has no place to go, you see — 
No place left for him to roam — 
That's why he's coming home. 
Kiss him — he won't bite you, child 
All them golfing guys look wild." 

The quiet of Peaceful Valley (the 
Packing Room) is about to be shat- 
tered by a Shore Dinner. More of this 

Cont'd from page 1, col. 1 
rock-bound and precipitous. No har- 
bor breaks Saba's rockbound coast, 
no good landing place. One must step 
ashore from a small rowboat upon a 
shingly beach and climb up a steep 
mountain path, 1000 feet or more, 
to the town of Leverock, snugly hid- 
den from passers-by in an extinct 
crater and appropriately called "Bot- 
tom". One could scarce find a lovelier 
spot. Saba possesses a semi-tropical 
climate. The trade winds blow cease- 
lessly, showers keep everything fresh 
and green, and best of all, the well- 
built houses, clothing and life are all 
adapted to a warm climate. We have 
no cable connection with the outside 
world, mail and newspapers are deliv- 
ered once a week by a mail boat. No 
industry on this island. Men are all 
sailors. The Sabans are known the 
world over as the best sailors. During 
the recent war hardly a family on the 
island but had a son, brother, or hus- 
band in the war. Many American 
boats were in command of our sturdy 
Saba sea captains, now American citi- 
zens. Our boys come to this country 
and become American citizens and 
are prominent in the sea-faring busi- 
ness in all the large cities of this coun- 
try. The population is about 3000. 
Many Africans, but a large propor- 
tion white, and few of mixed blood. 
Americans visiting this island say 
that it is more like America than any 
other island. Vegetables, fruit and 
flowers grow in abundance the year 
round. The older men raise garden 
truck, fish and build boats. The young 
women try to earn a living by doing 
drawn-work and beautiful embroid- 
eries, also braiding Panama hats. 
There are no carriages or autos on 
this island. One must walk, ride horse 
back, or be carried up the mountains 
in what is known as the famous "Sa- 
ba carriage", similar to the Japan 
or Indian Sedan chair, carried by 
four or two men, depending largely on 
the weight of the passenger. All mer- 
chandise and supplies are imported 
from the U. S. A. We have public 
government schools. Our churches 
are Episcopal, Roman Catholic and 
American Protestant Evangelical 
Church. A visit to this island, called 
by many tourists "Little Switzer- 
land", would be interesting as well as 
educational vacation. 

There are at present five working 
our factory who have lived and spent 
a part of their lives on this island. 
They are: Ina Simmons. Doris Sim- 
mons. Carl Simmons, Vera Pfanstiehl 
and the writer. C. Pfaxistiehi.. 



Whiting & Davis Co. Exhiiut at Pageant of Progress 


A party of shop girls, including 
Mildred Miller, Elsie Hemingson, 
Rhea LaRoche, Eva Contois, Helen 
Jedlenski and Helen Hemingson got 
together and elected Eva chauffeur 
for a trip to Moseley's on the Charles 
river. Arrived there, Eva had trouble 
in parking the ear. A young man 
kindly volunteered his services and 
did the job, and attached himself to 
Eva for the evening. When the time 
came to start for home, he took a seat 
in the auto and said Dedham was his 
home. Eva was equal to this and 
softly told him to get out. From this 
time on trouble in many forms beset 
the party. After driving for hours 
they found themselves in a place none 
recognized. Seeing a man at a pump, 
they asked the name of the town. The 
man replied "Millis", so they kept on 
going, ending up in Franklin about 
1.00 a. m. On the road the party 
nearly went into hysterics when a big 
touring car with a party of drunks 
stopped them and wanted to know 
where to get a drink. It is rumored 
some of the girls tried to hide under 
covering on the floor so unstrung were 
they. They were chilled to the bone 
by the fog and were all scared at the 
prospect of the street lights giving 

Some trip, we'll say. The road 
from here to Dedham seems quite 
Straight, but it must have moved. 

Mrs. Anderson and Miss King have 
returned from Chicago where they at- 
tended the Pageant of Progress in the 
interests of the firm. Mr. Anderson re- 
mained in Chicago while the mesh ma- 
chines were on exhibit at the Fair, 
one of the largest department stores 
in Chcago. He also contemplates 
making a trip with the machines, giv- 
ing demonstrations in St. Louis, Mil- 
waukee, St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

Hemorrhage of the lungs may oc- 
cur as the result of congestion in any 
disease which weakens the walls of 
the smaller blood vessel. It is fre- 
quently confounded with hemorrhage 
from the stomach. The following table 
of symptoms indicating the difference 
in the two conditions are given by 
Kellogg : 

Bleeding from the Lungs 

Difficult breathing. 

Pain and heat in chest. 

Blood frothy. 

Blood of bright red color. 

Blood mingled with phlegm. 

No clots. 

Blood coughed up in mouthfuls. 
Bleeding from the Stomach. 


Tenderness at pit of stomach. 

Blood not frothy. 

Blood of dark red color. 

Blood mixed with food. 

Clots always present. 

Blood vomited freely. 

Treatment — Rest in bed with head 
and shoulders elevated. Keep patient 
absolutely quiet. Ice bag to chest, bits 
of ice to swallow. 

Call a Physician immediately. 

B. G. COTE, 

R. I. N. 

Ida S. seen at the Peacock Inn At- 
tleboro, all dolled up. A job for 
Hawkshaw, we'll say. 

NOTICE. — Anyone wishing to 
have a suit made in the latest style, 
see Fred G., as he is now making that 
his specialty. 


Charles at dinner: "Grandpa, why 
don't the people hurry back to work 
like they do when they go out?" 

Grandpa: "I'm waiting for the an- 



Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Seaver an- 
nounce the engagement of their 
daughter, Lea Theresia, to Mr. 
Thomas Richard Lewis, 3d, of New T 
York and Jersey City. Mr. Lewis 
is a prominent business man of New 
York, and Miss Seaver is an attrac- 
tive St. Augustine girl with a host of 
friends in this city who will be in- 
terested in the news of he 1 ' engage- 

Miss Seaver and her mother are 
now visiting different points in New 
England before returning to their 
home here, and are at present in 
Plainville, Mass. 

The above people are stopping at 
the home of our popular shopmate, 
Martin Brennan. Miss Seaver, who 
is well known in Plainville, is to be 
given a shower before returning to 



August 22, 1921. 

Dear Jake: — I can't help but tell 
you about our trip to Plymouth last 
Sunday. We started from Plainville 
about 6.00 a. m. a la Ford. 

The roads being very rough and 
crooked, we didn't make very good 
time at first. Finally we struck a 
straight stretch and opened the old 
"boiler" wide: we must have been 
hitting 8 3-4 per hour easy, when an 
unruly telephone pole stepped into 
the middle of the road ahead of us 
and struck us a terrific blow right 
square in the radiator. We did a com- 
bination falling leaf, tail spin, nose 
dive, and landed in the road some 
hundred feet back, with a crash that 
sounded like a cross between an anvil 
chorus and a riot in a Chinese restau- 

We succeeded in extricating our- 
selves from the debris with the aid of 
a can opener, and looked things over. 
Old "Lizz" was bleeding profusely 
from the sixth spark plug, but the 
third commandment was about all 
that was broken. The funniest part 
of the accident was to see the driver 
crawling out of the muffler. He con- 
soled us greatly by telling us it wasn't 
his fault, because he didn't have his 
hands on the wheel at the time. 

I didn't really mind being in an ac- 
cident, but I had a package of Spear- 
mint Gum in my pocket and I did 
hate like sin to tear the Profit-Sharing 

We then cut down about three hun- 
dred yards of telephone wire and tied 
her up, turned her over and she pur- 
red like a kitten on a cushion. 

Proceeding on our way, we arrived 
at Plymouth without further mishaps, 
at about 1.30 a. m. 

Plymouth ! 0, what a dump ! Be- 
lieve me, the only reason the Pilgrims 
landed there is becawse they were all 

Every citizen in Plymouth has vis- 
ited Ponzi, and has his moneymaking 
scheme down to a science. 

They don't issue victuallers' li- 
censes to managers of restaurants, but 
give them a permit to steal and let 
them go it. 

We then dropped into a one-armed 
joint and all ordered a regular din- 
ner. They served us some "artillery 
horse", I know because I got a piece 
of the bridle, a half a potato and a 
glass of water. Then the waitress 
handed us our bills which were $2.50 
apiece. I asked her if she would be 
so kind as to give me a little ether. 

so as to make it as painless as pos- 

We then visited the Rock on which 
the old Mayflower ran a-foul, and the 
few other points of interest, and Ave 
got touched for about $8.13, so we 
thought it was about time to head to- 
ward "Bagville". 

We arrived home safely at 10.00 p. 
m., old "Lizz" in rattling good shape. 
We used just 10 quarts of water and 
three bars of Welcome Soap on the 
whole trip. Violated the 18th amend- 
ment and broke nearly all the ten 
commandments, wound up the day 
with the alarm clock so we would be 
to work on time the next day. 
Yours truly, ' 


Editor's Note. — This is printed as 
sent in, without confirmation. — F. G. 


The spiralers were glad to have 

The aid of Elsie Quirk, 
Eva, Lillian and Mrs. McCarthy, 

To help them with their work. 

Of course they had so much to say 
When friends get back together, 

That it disturbed the pencil brigade. 
With their talk and their laughter. 

No one knows how hard they worked, 

Much harder than before, 
They put out lots of bags, I know, 

As they all worked 'til four. 

Johnny Goodall attended the Chris- 
tian Endeavor Convention in North- 
field, N. H. 

Ask Mary Avery what she woud do 
without her afternoon nap. 

Ex-Editor Peasley has been under 
the weather but is with us again. 

It seems good to see Jack back. 
Blanche doesn't have the blues any 

Dinah Ireland has been transferred 
from the office to the Soldered Mesh 

Nothing has been done about a shop 
orchestra. In a factory such as ours, 
employing 500, it does seem as if we 
could get one together. See Jack Zilch 
and talk it over with him. 

FOR SALE— One pair of Shaler 
Roadlights, size 8 5-8. Price $2.00.— 
J. O. G. 

After an absence of several months. 
Miss Flora Cote is aerain with us. Glad 
to see you back, Flora. 

Have you noticed when a driver 
has a noisy motor he generally uses 
the cut-out ? How about it, Ed ? 

Gene is rapidly improving in the 
art of shaving. Looking less like Abe 
Lincoln everv da v. 

Cards have been received from Er- 
win Sylvia, who is in Nantucket. He 
expects to be with us after Labor 

Some of the timid ladies want to 
know what's the matter with the elec- 
tric lights in Plainville at night. The 
hold-up has set them to thinking. 

W & 1). Co. Office Girls